[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Brighton 11-12-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 6-8-1983; 1-24-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
All electrical installations hereafter made in the Town of Brighton, including but not limited to the installation, alteration or repair of wiring for electric lighting, heat, cooling or power and signal systems, in or on real property, shall be made in conformity with the requirements of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, as such code is now constituted or as from time to time amended, except that more stringent regulations may be enacted pursuant to § 379 of the Executive Law and shall take effect as provided therein, and except that where the provisions of any state law, rule or regulation shall have more stringent requirements, compliance with the more stringent provisions of such state law, rule or regulation shall be recognized as proper compliance with this chapter.
[Amended 6-8-1983; 6-13-1984; 4-25-1985; 1-24-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996; ]
The Commissioner of Public Works of the Town of Brighton is hereby authorized to appoint an inspector or inspectors of the New York Electrical Inspection Agency; the Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc. or Commonwealth Electrical Inspection Service, Inc. as electrical inspectors and agents of the Town of Brighton to make inspections of all electrical installations hereinbefore or hereinafter referred to and to approve or disapprove the same.
[Amended 10-8-2003 by L.L. No. 15-2003; 9-27-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
The Town Board shall select an inspection agency only after a public hearing has been held. When selecting an inspection agency, the Town Board shall be guided by the following:
The qualifications of the company or corporation.
Its past performance.
Its record in responding to inspection requests.
The location of the company or corporation with respect to accomplishment of inspections in a timely manner if out of Town.
Familiarity of company with the appropriate electrical code.
Authorized by the State of New York to conduct business within the boundaries of New York State.
Insurance for property damage and personal injury and public liability.
An electrical inspector hereunder shall make inspections and reinspections of the aforementioned electrical installations and also of any electrical device, appliance or equipment in and on property in the Town of Brighton where an application for inspection thereof has been requested in writing. In the event of an emergency situation, an electrical inspector may make any of the aforementioned types of electrical inspections or reinspections upon the oral request of the Commissioner of Public Works or designee or of any other responsible officer of the Town of Brighton.
When an inspection or reinspection hereunder shows conformity with this chapter, the electrical inspector making the same shall make a written approval report thereof to the Commissioner of Public Works or designee and shall authorize the issuance of a certificate of compliance and cause a copy of the same to be delivered to the Commissioner of Public Works or designee. When an inspection or reinspection shows a defective electrical installation or a defective electrical device, appliance or equipment, the electrical inspector making the same shall make a written disapproval report thereof to the Commissioner of Public Works or designee and cause a copy of such report to be sent to the owners and/or lessees of the property inspected.
[Amended 1-24-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to electrical installations in facilities or structures regulated by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. This chapter shall also not apply to any work involved in the manufacture, assembly, testing or repair of electrical machinery, apparatus materials and equipment by a person, firm or corporation engaged in electrical manufacturing as its principal business, nor shall it apply to any building which is owned or leased in its entirety by the government of the United States or the State of New York.
This chapter shall not be construed to relieve from or lessen the responsibility of any person owning, operating, controlling or installing any electrical wiring, devices, appliances or equipment for loss of life or damage to person or property caused by any defect therein, nor shall the Town of Brighton or the electrical inspectors be deemed to have assumed any such liability by reason of any inspection made pursuant to this chapter.
[Amended 6-8-1983; 1-24-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person, firm or corporation to install or cause to be installed or to alter or repair electrical wiring for light, heat, cooling or power in or on properties in the Town of Brighton until a written application for inspection has been filed with the electrical inspector. Said electrical inspector shall forward to the Town Building Department a record of all such applications received by it. It shall also be a violation of this chapter for a person, firm or corporation to connect or cause to be connected electrical wiring in or on properties for light, heat, cooling or power to any source of electrical energy supply prior to the issuance of a temporary certificate therefor by the electrical inspector or the issuance of a permit for occupancy by the Commissioner of Public Works or designee. The electrical inspector shall forward to the Town Building Department a record of all temporary certificates issued.
[Added 1-24-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
Any violation of this chapter shall constitute an offense punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions. The imposition of one (1) penalty for a violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects at any such time. Each separate offense shall constitute a separate additional violation.